(PRWEB UK) 28 October 2011
According to online retailer, GR8Fires.co.uk, woodburning stoves could become an essential household survival item within a matter of years amid evidence that Earth is facing a prolonged spell of abnormally cold winters.
Research conducted by scientists at the National Solar Observatory suggests that the planet could be heading for a mini-Ice Age within the next decade. That would see global temperatures plunge to their lowest levels for 300 years.
The solar physicists behind the research say the sun is expected to experience a prolonged period of hibernation, which would cause the onset of the Ice Age. The severe conditions could completely alter the way we think about heating our homes, according to one expert.
Adam Ross, of http://www.gr8fires.co.uk, said: “Even during some of the harsher winters we’ve experienced in recent years, it has become apparent that all too often domestic boilers cannot cope with the freezing conditions.
“The infrastructure for oil and gas deliveries also grinds to a halt leaving people without heating.”
Wood-burning stoves, once considered one of the trappings of luxury and comfort, could become a must-have item for all homes if the forecast is correct. Adam expects to see an increased demand for wood burners and inset stoves over the coming years.
He continued: “On the basis of the scientific research it looks like our winters are going to get colder and colder. People have been discovering that those conditions are a real leveller for our modern technologies.Couple that with the rising prices of oil and gas, and we’re expecting to see lots more people going back to basics to ensure they can continue to heat their home regardless of the conditions. That will mean a big rise in homeowners wanting to install wood-burning stoves, as well as multi-fuel stoves, which would widen their fuel options even further.”
The prediction of a mini-Ice Age is based on the observation of a decrease in the number of sunspots visible. Given its position in the current solar cycle, the sun ought to be heading towards its maximum level of sunspots. Instead scientists are observing far fewer than expected.
The last time sunspots were so sparse was early in the 18th century. That period, which became known as the Maunder Minimum, lasted from 1645 to 1715. The icy conditions saw many rivers which would not normally freeze, such as the Thames, become completely frozen.
Similar conditions today could freeze heating oil, make many roads impassable and, given the expected snowfall, severely damage power lines.